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Bursitis

Bursitis is the painful swelling of a joint, often caused by repetitive movement or an injury.

Symptoms of bursitis include joint pain, redness and swelling.

You can usually treat bursitis with things like rest, ice packs and painkillers.

To help prevent bursitis, stick to a healthy weight, warm up properly before exercise, and avoid knocking your joints.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of bursitis include joint pain, redness and swelling.

Check if you have bursitis

Bursitis happens when the fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that cushion your joints become inflamed.

You might have bursitis if 1 of your joints is:

It can affect any joint, but is most common in the shoulders, hips, elbows or knees.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can usually treat bursitis with things like rest, ice packs and painkillers.

Self-care

You can use the following 3 steps to help bring down swelling and pain:

  1. Rest – try not to move the joint too much, and avoid activities that'll put pressure on it.
  2. Ice – gently hold an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a tea towel on the area for around 10 minutes at a time and repeat every few hours during the day.
  3. Elevate – keep the area raised to the level of your heart as much as possible.

Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to ease any pain.

You may also want to put extra cushions around the affected joint while you sleep to help protect and support it.

Medical treatments

  • antibiotics – usually taken for 7 days if bursitis is caused by an infection
  • a steroid injection may be given into the affected joint to reduce the swelling – this will not be done if bursitis is caused by an infection
  • if bursitis is severe or keeps coming back, the inflamed bursa may need to be surgically drained or even removed (but this is rare)

Read more on the NHS website.

To help prevent bursitis, stick to a healthy weight, warm up properly before exercise, and avoid knocking your joints.

Read more on the NHS website.